Cheerleader of the Week 2016: Caroline

Meet the Colts Cheerleader Of The Week

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She was born in a small town.

And she lived in a small town.

"I grew up in Seymour, Indiana."

Or, as it's better known – John Mellencamp's hometown.

"Yes, that's our only claim to fame," she says. "Miss America 2009 (Katie Stam) was actually from Seymour. But that's about it."

Now, they have a Colts cheerleader too.

And just like its most famous resident, Seymour will always be home to Caroline B.

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"My whole family is from there. Both sets of grandparents still live there. My mom just recently moved out of Seymour, but my dad and sister and brother are all still there."

In the spring, Caroline graduated from the University of Louisville, where she danced for the Louisville Ladybirds.

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"It was my first taste of the big city and I loved it," she says. "It was always my dream to do this and I just never really thought that it would be something that I could do or achieve. And once I danced in college and Sarah (S.) and Jessica (G.) came on the team, that's when I was really like, 'Oh, this could be a possibility for me.'"

Someone else who inspired her? Her dad.

"My dad has had season tickets since I was little. And ever since I was in middle school, I went to every single game I could go to," she says. "I always looked at the cheerleaders and watched them. He was always saying, 'That's going to be you one day. I'm going to be watching you dance.' It's crazy to think that's actually real life now."

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And when she made the team?

"I was over the moon, but I think he might have been a little bit more excited than me."

The whole thing still feels surreal, she says.

"I don't know that it's hit me. I still feel like I'm living in a dream. I put on the uniform and I walk into Lucas Oil and I'm like, 'This is real life. Someone pinch me.'"

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The small town girl is all grown up and living in the big city.

"I just moved to Indy," she says. "I love it. I like my small town, but it's exciting to have all the options and things to do."

The hardest part, she says, is missing her family back home. Thankfully, she has her Colts Cheer sisters to help fill the void.

"We're hanging out on the weekends and we're getting together to practice and to go get coffee and when days are hard, you call your teammate. It's not just work, you make lifelong friends through stuff like this," she says.

Highlights from Caroline's 2017 Colts Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Shoot.(Turkey Run State Park - Marshall, IN)

Being a Colts cheerleader is more than a job, it's a life. And these days, Caroline is loving life.

Still, she can't forget where she came from.

And she won't forget the people who love her.

Because they're also the ones who helped her get there.

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